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Festival Recap: Zehnder’s Snowfest 2019

Zehnder’s Snowfest has been a beloved Frankenmuth festival for over 27 years. Thousands of visitors from far and wide depart the warmth of their home to enjoy the crisp winter air and larger-than-life snow and ice sculptures created by world-class teams from across the U.S. From a petting zoo and children’s activities, to sculptures scattered throughout town, Zehnder’s Snowfest is the place to be during the last weeks of January.

This year’s festival was particularly cold, making for fantastic carving conditions for the teams competing. Guests were able to enjoy not one, but two weeks of sculptures which made the magic of the festival even more spectacular.

If you weren’t able to attend, mark your calendar for January 22-27, 2020 for the next event. In the meantime, check out some of our guests photos from the 2019 Zehnder’s Snowfest, as well as a highlight video of the sculptures and warming tent.

Make sure to tag your winter Frankenmuth photos with #SeeFrankenmuth for a chance to be featured in an upcoming blog, on our social media pages, or even in our next Visitors Guide!


Carvers were already hard at work the Monday before the festival began…

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Then the visitors started rolling in to view the sculptures!


Many headed to the Warming Tent to enjoy music, beer, and food – like this well-known guest favorite… a Zehnder’s donut the size of your head!

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Eat it

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There were even puppies at Snowfest!


Some of the ice sculptures spread throughout town represent the businesses that help support Snowfest year after year.

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Only in Michigan can you go from a frozen tundra, shutting down everything because it’s ridiculously cold to 50 degrees and rainy. 🙃 So now it basically looks like the polar vortex didn’t happen because all the snow has melted. And everyone is walking around outside without coats. I’m over here in a sweater! 🤦🏼‍♀️ . I was born here and have basically lived here all of my life, but I still can’t seem to get used to the crazy up and down weather. Haha . Anyways- enjoy this beautiful frozen pic of us at the Zehnder’s Ice Fest in Frankenmuth from a couple weeks ago. We bundled up but still froze our toes off and barely made it through the slosh in our double stroller. It was nice to see our friends though and the night ended with food so I can’t complain. . . . #polarvortex #frozentundra #belowfreezing #puremichigan #michiganweather #couplegoals #michigangirl #metrodetroitmom #frankenmuth #zehnderssnowfest #icefest #kingandqueen #husbandandwife #marriagelife #familylife #detroit_igers #detroitmomsblog #husbandandwifeforlife #bundledup #detroitmamas #livinglife

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And let’s not forget the polar vortex that happened on the last day of the festival… which made for some amazing snow photos.


And of course, the best part of Frankenmuth festivals… FIREWORKS!

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Zehnder’s snowfest, fireworks display was beautiful

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And that’s a wrap! Check out our calendar of events to see when your next favorite festival is coming up. While you wait in excitement for next year’s Zehnder’s Snowfest, take a look at this highlight video featuring some Friday night fun at the festival.